The Halle Gerry Weber Open is already getting ready for the 27th edition that will take place from 15 to 23 June 2019. Last year a record 115,550 fans attended the event and the organizers hope to get some great crowd again.
Once again, the world No. 2 Roger Federer will headline the field. The Swiss player will seek a historical tenth title after the ones he won in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003. Federer also lost three finals: in 2010 to the Australian Lleyton Hewitt, in 2012 to the German Tommy Haas and this year to the Croat Borna Coric, who won here his second ATP career-title.
Federer has a lifetime contract with Halle, he will be the tournament ambassador also after he retires from tennis by probably joining the tournament committee and playing exhibition matches. Also Alexander Zverev confirmed his appearance.
The German will play there every year until 2020 included, he reached 2016 and 2017 finals respectively losing to Florian Mayer and Federer. This year he had not fully recovered from a groin injury and lost to the eventual champion Coric in a straight-set first round match.
Hyeon Chung, who withdrew from this year's event due to a foot injury, and the Austrian Dominic Thiem are committed in 2019. Fans will clearly be able to see local players as well like Philipp Kohlschreiber or Jan-Lennard Struff.
All the other best players, including Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov, are set to compete at the Queen's Club that takes place in the same week as Halle. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title